a U.S. envoy said on Monday, North Korea must take steps toward verified denuclearization before achieving the “shared goal” of an official end to the 1950-53 Korean War.

Reuters reports that Stephen Biegun was in Seoul to meet senior South Korean officials amid rising signs of discord between the allies on North Korea. Biegun is the U.S. special representative for North Korea.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has forged ahead with efforts to engage with North Korea in recent months. This has raised U.S. concerns that Seoul could weaken pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons.

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